WASHINGTON — Jeff Duh?, a former award-winning reporter at Louisiana Public Broadcasting, has come forward to tell Accuracy in Media editor Cliff Kincaid that he was the secret whistleblower who reported Beth Courtney, a member of the board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), to the Louisiana Board of Ethics, which found her guilty of violating the law and fined her.
Duh? is now publicly alleging a pattern of questionable conduct by Courtney, and says that he has a tape-recording to prove it. The tape includes Courtney yelling and using profanity at Duh?. “If your boss tells you to do something, you do it, and it’s not unethical,” she screams. “You’re out of control.”
Duh? tells AIM, “The sordid details of her illegal activities pale in comparison to her abusive management style. For decades, a pattern of vicious employee derision has escalated in proportion to her getting away with it. Profanity-filled screaming fits of red-faced intensity are routine. Standing in the halls of the network’s flagship station in Baton Rouge, she curses and stamps like a flapping duck, weaponizing any arcane personal or family information she can call to mind to bludgeon the staff victim into submission.”
Duh? has won numerous journalist awards, including from the Society of Professional Journalists. He also received a prestigious Emmy award.
Another former employee of Louisiana Public Broadcasting has told AIM that he, too, witnessed abusive treatment of employees by Courtney.
Courtney did not respond to numerous requests for comment on the Duh? allegations but stated previously that she intends to remain on the CPB board.
Kincaid’s column on the controversy is available on the AIM website at http://www.aim.org/aim_column/4325_0_3_0_C/
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